NFL Week 3 Predictions: Michael Vick Will Struggle and 10 Bold Locks
It's hard to believe that we're already approaching Week 3 of NFL football, but here we are!
Week 2 produced some breakout players and some surprise upsets, and Week 3 will be no different. Many teams are having issues at quarterback, and others are enjoying their undefeated starts (however short-lived they may be).
So what happens this week?
Here are ten bold predictions for Week 3 of NFL football.
10. Jimmy Clausen Earns His Spot
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Rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen has been given the starting position for the Carolina Panthers, and he will have the chance to prove himself against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday.
The Bengals (though they are a better team than the Buccaneers) have holes in their defense, and Clausen needs to make Cincinnati work.
And he will. I don't think the Panthers will pull off the win, but I do think Jimmy Clausen will prove that he is the much better choice over Matt Moore at quarterback.
9. San Francisco Wins Big On The Road
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The 49ers may have lost to the Saints, but the game was much closer than anybody had anticipated. This week San Francisco will travel to Kansas City, and the Chiefs' undefeated season ends there.
The 9ers are the best team in the NFC West, and they will prove that this Sunday.
8. Derek Anderson Has a Better Week
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After a firm butt-kicking from the Falcons last week, I have to urge Cardinals fans to not get too down on their team.
Anderson had issues with accuracy against Atlanta, but the Raiders are not the Falcons. I'm expecting the Cardinals to get better as the season progresses, and they will start with Oakland.
7. Vikings Stop Jahvid Best
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Jahvid Best is arguably the best offensive player for the Detroit Lions, and his NFL career is off to an explosive start.
That being said, the Minnesota Vikings have quite a bit of work to do this season, and they won't lose to the Lions. Brett Favre doesn't run the Minnesota defense, and I expect the Vikings to have an answer for Best in Week 3.
6. Houston Steps It Up On Defense
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The Houston Texans have been winning football games based almost completely on their offense.
And so far, it has been working for them. But there is no excuse for allowing over 800 passing yards in two games.
The Cowboys will be out for blood, and the Texans need to stop Tony Romo in order to win this football game. I expect Bernard Pollard and the rest of the Texans defense to dramatically improve during this home game.
5. Mike Tolbert Keeps Getting Carries
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With Ryan Matthews out in Week 2, Mike Tolbert had to pick up the slack on the Chargers' offense, and he didn't miss a beat.
Tolbert rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against the Jaguars, and even with the return of Matthews, Tolbert will continue to get looks.
4. Steelers Offense Will Shine
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Don't laugh. I know the Steelers have been rocky on offense this season, but hear me out.
Pittsburgh's defense will keep the Bucs from putting points on the board, but I'm expecting the offense to contribute more to this football game.
Tampa Bay's defense isn't exactly spectacular (especially against the rush), and no matter who is playing quarterback for Pittsburgh, Rashard Mendenhall and company will run all over the Bucs.
3. Dolphins Beat The Jets
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Sure the Jets defeated the Patriots on Sunday, and sure one of the Dolphins' wins was against the Buffalo Bills.
But the New York Jets can't seem to escape all the drama this season.
The Jets took a hit with Darrelle Revis' hamstring issues, and now they have to deal with the Braylon Edwards DWI controversy.
I like the Dolphins at home over the Jets.
2. Michael Vick Struggles
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Michael Vick has earned the starting spot with the Philadelphia Eagles after a stellar performance against the Detroit Lions, but that was Detroit.
While Jacksonville is far from the best team in the league, the Jags are much better than the Lions. A road game in Jacksonville will test Vick's abilities, and I think Andy Reid will be kicking himself after Sunday.
Vick is fun to watch, but the Jags will be a greater challenge than the Lions.
1. The Falcons Upset The Saints
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The New Orleans Saints are simply not as explosive on offense as they were last season.
The Falcons are No. 4 in rushing in the NFL, and they completely stomped the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. Reggie Bush is out, and a healthy Atlanta squad will give the Saints their first loss of the season.